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For activists seeking justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, there was little to praise in the selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as the new pope, Francis I.

About the best they could say about him was that he had urged people to respect homosexuals as individuals.

But his positions are no different from standard anti-gay Roman Catholic teachings. He unsuccessfully opposed same-sex marriage in Argentina, calling it a ploy devised by Satan designed to confuse the people of God. He considers adoption by homosexual parents “discrimination against children.”

Common threads in activists’ conversations as the word of his selection spread: “dismay,” “terrible,” “horrible,” “worrying,” and “regret.”

But also, “The more things change, the more they remain the same.”

Catholic Online described him thus:

As Cardinal, Bergoglio became known for personal humility, doctrinal conservatism and a commitment to social justice. A simple…

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